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Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: H220
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 35 / BTEC : Not accepted without grade A in A Level Mathematics
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The first two years of this programme are the same as the MEng and BEng Civil Engineering degree programmes and provide a broad-based academic training for a professional engineer. In the last two years of the programme, option choices allow students to concentrate on a range of analysis and design methods using the principal structural materials of reinforced concrete, steel, timber and masonry. Through the use of advanced analysis and design methods, and state-of-the-art commercial design software, you will cover the theoretical background and the design implications of structural engineering and build a foundation for future leadership in the industry.

As well as covering all the required bases of a civil and structural engineer's education, key features of the programme are the individual and group projects that students undertake in all years of their studies, applying their learning in context, with industrial feedback and an emphasis in engaging with the digital world of civil engineering.

Civil and structural engineering graduates are in great demand. Careers in civil and structural engineering offer some of the highest paid jobs for graduates in the UK (source: Telegraph Graduate jobs: Top 10 starting salaries, June 2017).

The MEng programme (H220) is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which represents the four major civil engineering institutions and accredits civil engineering programmes on behalf of the Engineering Council, which sets and maintains the standards for the engineering profession in the UK. This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See www.jbm.org.uk  for further information.

This is a vocational programme which aims to provide a foundation for leadership and the educational base for civil engineering graduates who intend to specialise in structural engineering and who are practical, articulate, numerate, literate, imaginative, versatile, confident and inquisitive.

The MEng Civil and Structural programme (H220) shares the same modules as the MEng and BEng Civil Engineering programmes (H202 and H200) during the first two years of study. Students taking the BEng programme, who have reached the required academic standard in their studies, are eligible to transfer to either of the MEng programmes at the end of their Year Two.

Programme in detail

In the early years of your studies, you will be introduced to the essentials: Structural analysis and design; Fluid mechanics and Hydraulics; Geomechanics; Materials; Transport and Infrastructure; the Digital Built Environment and its Digitisation; and Environmental studies amongst others. Year One includes an introduction to programming and a year-long civil and architectural engineering project, which in recent years, this has been carried out in conjunction with Engineers Without Borders, an international engineering charity.

You will study maths relevant to engineering; structural materials; computer-aided drawing, analysis and design, and will be introduced to the principles of management for the construction industry. Site visits are integral to the programme, as are various individual and group design exercises.

An exciting part of the second year of our programme is a week of real, hands on construction experience at ‘The Constructionarium’. The Constructionarium takes place at a two-hectare site, specifically designed and built to provide a range of challenging teaching and learning conditions for students. There is an additional cost of up to £250 for the Constructionarium.

The programme gives you the opportunity to undertake an individual research project in Year Three. Teaching staff offer projects based on their research expertise. In Years Three and Four, you can choose options modules based on particular areas of specialisation of the staff, currently these include: Risk and uncertainty: Probability theory; Advanced mathematical methods; Coastal and estuary processes; Energy and environment and others.

The multidisciplinary group design project in Year Four brings together students specialising in various aspects of Civil Engineering to work as a team to produce a portfolio study on a project that requires all their skills to be used in a co-ordinated way. Students on the Civil and Structural programme would be expected to act as structural engineers. Recent projects have included a ferry terminal scheme and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

352 Year One undergraduates in 2017

UK league tables

Ranked 15th (Aerospace) in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2017

Graduate prospects

87% of our graduates are in work/study six months after graduation (DLHE201/16)

Why this subject?

Be a modern engineer for the future. We are committed to developing the modern professional engineers for the future. We ensure that your learning environment reflects your future working environment. We have received many accolades from the engineering industry who regard our graduates amongst the most employable in the world. Our emphasis is on active learning, supported by traditional lectures and tutorials, as well as the opportunities to be involved in research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, Government, research laboratories and academics around the world.

Outstanding facilities. We are a centre of excellence for engineering research. We house the UK Centre for Materials Education and have a highly respected reputation for superb experimental facilities. Our recent £32 million redevelopment includes the new Active Learning Laboratory, one of the largest and best-equipped laboratories in Europe. State-of-the-art facilities include; two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), mechanical robotics, wind turbines, a water flume, additive layer manufacturing and many more.

Flexible programmes. The programmes are very flexible, providing opportunities for specialisation in one discipline or a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines.

Accredited programmes. 

The MEng programme (H220) is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which represents the four major civil engineering institutions and accredits civil engineering programmes on behalf of the Engineering Council, which sets and maintains the standards for the engineering profession in the UK. This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The accrediting body is the Joint Board of Moderators for the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Please see www.jbm.org.uk for further information.